Catch up on APA WA news!

Fall 2020 Volume XXXIV, Issue 4


Mark your calendars! The 2020 Joint Washington-Oregon APA Chapter Conference will be held virtually this year, on October 14–16, 2020. Register now!

Looking for interesting learning opportunities? Check out the APA Washington Events Calendar or the chapter’s Facebook page or upcoming planning-related events and activities!

SEPA Training

On May 28 the Peninsula Section of the APA-WA hosted a training on the SEPA process led by members of the Department of Ecology and BERK Consulting. For those who missed it, you can watch the video recording by clicking the green "play" button or the "download" button toward the top of the page.

Planning Webcast Consortium

View the full webcast schedule and register to attend live.

APA WA Job Board

Explore careers in planning on the APA WA Job Board. Hiring? Post a job!

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President's Message

Nancy Eklund, AICP

The smoke has cleared in most of the state, Fall is here, and the Chapter is continuing to provide services to its members. Hear updates about the OR/WA APA Virtual Conference, the Board’s Strategic Planning Sessions, and more!

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 Legislative Committee Update

Yorik Stevens- Wajda and Esther Larsen

While the legislative committee has been quiet this summer, there’s a lot in the works. Learn more about an exciting project with a less-than-exciting name: Updating Washington’s Growth Policy Framework, and help shape the Chapter's 2020 legislative priorities (complete this survey!).

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Lobbyist Update

Mike Shaw

Now that Autumn is officially here, it’s time to prepare for the 2021 legislative session. Learn more about what’s in store for the Legislature from the Chapter’s lobbyist Mike Shaw.

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Choosing Safe Locations for Child Care Facilities – Washington Choose Safe Places (WCSP)

Elmer Diaz

The Washington State Department of Health (WA DOH) is building a Choose Safe Places for Early Care and Education (CSPECE) program in Washington to prevent children’s exposures to known harmful chemicals at childcare facilities located on or near hazardous areas, and to promote the safe siting of early care education (ECE) facilities. WA DOH is seeking your participation to learn about and discuss Early Care and Education (ECE) siting issues and to gather your support in programmatic development and implementation.

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Planner Spotlight

Get to know the Chapter's incoming President-Elect, Yorik Stevens-Wajda. 



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Membership Update

Nancy Eklund, AICP

Did you know… APA WA has 5 international members, from Canada, Jordan, and Singapore? ...there are 23 APA WA inductees into the College of AICP Fellows? Find out more fun facts about the chapter’s membership and how to be involved in growing our great membership!

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PSS Section Update

Brandon Gonzalez, AICP

The Puget Sound Section has pivoted to webinars to continue to provide continuing education opportunities during the pandemic. Learn about past events and upcoming opportunities, including a remote holiday party.

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CE Committee Update

Nikole Coleman, Continuing Education Chair

Interested in getting involved with APA-WA?

Interested in Continuing Education?

The continuing education committee is looking for members!

We are looking for broad geographic representation and all levels of work experience. For 2021 we will be focusing on current planning and career advancement related trainings.

Can you help? If you are interested and have the time and energy to give, please email [email protected].

Interested in submitting an article for the next newsletter? Contact the APA WA Communications Committee, Laura Benjamin and Andrea Harris-Long, at [email protected].

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